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NAS or External HDD

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I am looking at purchasing a form of backup for my laptop.

However I am torn between an External Hard Drive and a NAS drive.

I like the Idea of having a NAS drive and being able to access this over the internet or wirelessly in my house for streaming media such as music or viewing pictures. (I understand that accessing over wifi will be very slow compaired with ethernet, which is why I will also be setting the NAS up so that if i need to access large files or backup large files then i can simply connect to the network via a spare Ethernet cable.

On the other hand, an external Hard Drive is not only cheaper but much faster to access (Via USB3.0) but means I am limited to having to connect to the drive every time I need to backup/access something. This method will also rule out any form of streaming or accessing remotley.

My question is, will the NAS be so slow that the wireless access would be come almost pointless? in which case would it be worth getting an External HDD which are not only cheaper but faster when connecting directly.

I mainly backup photos as I am a keen amature photographer. But like the idea of showing them off when on the move.

these are the 2 options I am looking at : I am UK based with Fiber Optic broadband 25mbit download 6mbit upload.

http://www.amazon.co...45119201&sr=8-2 / http://www.ebuyer.co...ve-ls-x1-0tl-eu


Thanks in advance guys and Gals

Edited by joybz, 16 August 2012 - 07:31 AM.

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Wireless doesn't have to be that slow. As long as you have a gigabit wired network (to take advantage of the gigabit port on the NAS device) and a decent 802.11n wireless network (i.e. 802.11n capable router and receiver) then it won't be so bad as you make it out to be.

Another option may be to get the USB3 backup drive and connect it to a modem/router which has USB3 expansion capability, a quick search shows devices are out there that support this:

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